Events

June 2024

 

Join us on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:00 PM when local cookbook author and hostess extraordinaire MARIA ZIZKA visits the store to launch her new book The Hostess Handbook: A Modern Guide to Entertaining. Maria will discuss tips from her book, prepare the Rosemary-Almond Salted Caramel Corn recipe from the book, and answer your most burning hosting questions. She will be joined in conversation by award winning cookbook author KRISTINA CHO. Maria will sign copies of her book after the presentation. (Maria's photo by Aya Brackett; Kristina's photo by Arlene Easterwood)

This is a free event, but you must sign up on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of The Hostess Handbook.

From the author of The Newlywed Table, this helpful handbook offers readers 100 easy entertaining recipes, party planning advice, and curated menus to pull off the most delicious and delightful of gatherings, from an epic holiday bash to a casual get-together in the backyard, or an inspired dinner party.

Ready to throw a dinner party? It’s easier than you think. With 100 crowd-pleasing recipes and expert tips and tricks, The Hostess Handbook shows how to create an event that’s warm, joyous, and imbued with the special glowy feeling of a celebration that we never want to end.

Everything you need to know is here. How to plan a fantastic menu with foolproof recipes for finger foods, make-ahead mains (because you don’t want to be in the kitchen when your guests arrive), and festive desserts. How to get your home party-ready, whether hosting two people or twenty, with primers on setting the table, the art of serving, and flower arranging. And drinks, of course—including recipes for both classic cocktails and delicious nonalcoholic libations. Cheers!

MARIA ZIZKA is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks. She studied biology at UC Berkeley and food culture at UNISG in northern Italy, where she now teaches as a visiting lecturer. She was named by Forbes as one of the most influential people under 30 in the world of food and drink. Zizka lives and cooks in the Berkeley Hills with her husband and two sons.

KRISTINA CHO is an award-winning cookbook author, recipe developer, home cook, baker, food stylist, and photographer. Her groundbreaking debut cookbook, Mooncakes and Milk Bread, won two James Beard awards and was described as an instant classic by The New York Times. Her new cookbook, Chinese Enough, will be published by Artisan in September 2024. Follow Kristina at eatchofood.com and on TikTok and Instagram @eatchofood.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on June 25th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
The Hostess Handbook: A Modern Guide to Entertaining By Maria Zizka Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781648291807
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Artisan - June 4th, 2024

Join us on Thursday, June 27th at 7:00 pm when Bay Area Ten Speed Press authors (left)  STEFANI BITTNER ( The Fragrant Flower Garden, The Beautiful Edible Garden and Harvest) and (right) PENNY BARTHEL (The Cannabis Gardener) come to the store to discuss Bay Area Gardening.

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to order a copy of The Fragrant Flower Garden. Click Here to order a copy of The Cannabis Gardener

These Bay Area authors are renowned for their expertise in cultivating fragrant, edible, medicinal, and water-wise plants. Their talk will delve into the world of botanical wonders as they unveil the secrets behind their lush, fragrant and sustainable gardens. Stefani & Penny will delve into the art and science of cultivating plants that not only thrive in our unique Bay Area climate, but also boast powerful fragrance and medicinal properties with high harvest yields that give back to the gardener.

The cannabis plant is a subject of both fascination and controversy. Through their wealth of experience, these authors will shed light on the multifaceted nature of home cannabis cultivation, exploring its therapeutic potential through salves and edibles.

Drawing from their latest works, The Fragrant Flower Garden and The Cannabis Garden, attendees can expect to discover a wealth of practical advice, from selecting the right varieties to implementing sustainable gardening techniques. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a curious novice, this book talk promises to inspire and inform, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of botanical delights.

STEFANI BITTNER is the owner of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm, and co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden and Harvest. She has been featured in Sunset, the Los Angeles Times, Gardenista, C Magazine, and on HGTV online.

PENNY BARTHEL is a nutritionist, recipe developer, gardener, and plant nerd. Her garden and kitchen pursuits flow directly from her education and life experience. A certified cannabis horticulturist, Penny has a growing following through her Instagram, Small Garden Cannabis, and cannabis events known as Let's Sesh Workshops. Penny is the mother of two amazing grown children and resides in the Bay Area with her wonderful husband, sweet cat, and as many plants as possible.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on June 27th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Fragrant Flower Garden: Growing, Arranging & Preserving Natural Scents By Stefani Bittner, Alethea Harampolis Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781984860101
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 5th, 2024

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The Cannabis Gardener: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Vibrant, Healthy Plants in Every Region [A Marijuana Gardening Book] By Penny Barthel Cover Image
$22.99
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ISBN: 9781984858849
Published: Ten Speed Press - February 2nd, 2021

July 2024

 

Join us on Tuesday July 9th at 6:30 PM when longtime Elmwood children's book author AIMEE LUCIDO returns to the neighborhood to launch her new picture book Pasta Pasta Lotsa Pasta, illustrated by Mavisu Demirağ. A family dinner gets out of hand as guest after guest arrives with a different pasta request in this “delectable” (Kirkus Reviews) and rambunctious rhyming picture book that asks how much pasta is too much pasta? Aimee will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after her presentation. She will be joined in conversation with Northern California author LISA FRENKEL RIDDIOUGH.

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensurer seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Pasta Pasta Lotsa Pasta.

Ring-a-ding, the doorbell rings, and oh! What did my Nonna bring? Nonna Ana from Catania only likes to eat lasagna. But Nonno Titi from Tahiti only eats his spaghettini! Zio Tony wants ravioli, Zia Trini wants rotini, the cugini want tortellini… Family dinners can be tricky when the guests are oh-so-picky! As the kitchen gets more and more chaotic, can family pasta night go off without a hitch?

It's not just a thoroughly enjoyable book for kids and parents alike, the rhyming text makes it a perfect readaloud, it's relatable to any family, has a hilarious twist ending, and readers will even learn a little Italian.

AIMEE LUCIDO is the author of PASTA PASTA LOTSA PASTA, EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE, and RECIPE FOR DISASTER, as well as several upcoming books including WORDS APART and LUCKY PENNY. She got her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Hamline University and her first readers are always her husband, her daughter, and her dog. In her spare time, she likes to do trivia and write crossword puzzles, which are often published in The New York Times and The New Yorker. More about Aimee can be found at aimeelucido.com and on Twitter: @AimeeLucido

LISA FRENKEL RIDDIOUGH is a Sacramento-based writer whose projects include picture books, middle-grade, and short fiction. She earned a Certificate in Writing from UC Berkeley Extension and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She is the author of ELVIS AND THE WORLD AS IT STANDS, LETTERS TO LIVE BY: AN ALPHABET BOOK WITH INTENTION, PIE-RATS!, and the forthcoming picture books EMBARRASSED FERRET and FURIOUS TURTLE . Lisa mentors youth writers through Society of Young Inklings, is a former sales executive, an avid squirrel watcher, and a frequent baker of chocolate pound cake. More about Lisa can be found at lisariddiough.com and on IG @lisariddiough.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on July 9th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM so please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Pasta Pasta Lotsa Pasta By Aimee Lucido, Mavisu Demirag (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aimee Lucido, Mavisu Demirag (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534473638
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - July 2nd, 2024

Join us on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 pm when award-winning and bestselling author SAFIYA SINCLAIR comes to the store to read from, discuss, and sign copies of the new paperback release of How To Say Babylon: A Memoir. Safiya will be joined in discussion by JONATHAN ESCOFFERY. (Safiya's photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

“The book grabs the reader because of the beauty of its words, but it sticks because of the thorniness and complexity of its ideas.” —The Washington Post

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.   Click Here to preorder a copy of How To Say Babylon

Throughout her childhood, Safiya Sinclair’s father, a volatile reggae musician and a militant adherent to a strict sect of Rastafari, was obsessed with the ever-present threat of the corrupting evils of the Western world outside their home, and worried that womanhood would make Safiya and her sisters morally weak and impure. For him, a woman’s highest virtue was her obedience.

Safiya’s extraordinary mother, though loyal to her father, gave her the one gift she knew would take Safiya beyond the stretch of beach and mountains in Jamaica their family called home: a world of books, knowledge, and education she conjured almost out of thin air. When she introduced Safiya to poetry, Safiya’s voice awakened. As she watched her mother struggle voicelessly for years under relentless domesticity, Safiya’s rebellion against her father’s rules set her on an inevitable collision course with him. Her education became the sharp tool to hone her own poetic voice and carve her path to liberation. Rich in emotion and page-turning drama, How to Say Babylon is “a melodious wave of memories” of a woman finding her own power (NPR).

SAFIYA SINCLAIR was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the memoir How to Say Babylon, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a finalist for the Women’s Prize in Nonfiction, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and the Kirkus Prize. How to Say Babylon was one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of the year, a Washington Post Top 10 Book of 2023, a TIME magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2023, one of The Atlantic’s 10 Best Books of 2023, a Read with Jenna/TODAY show book club pick, and one of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2023. How to Say Babylon was also named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, NPR, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, Vulture, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others, and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year. Sinclair is also the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Award. Sinclair’s other honours include a Guggenheim fellowship, and fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Civitella Rainieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is currently an associate professor of creative writing at Arizona State University.

JONATHAN ESCOFFERY is the author of If I Survive You, a National Book Award and PEN/Jean Stein Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Dublin Literary Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the John Leonard Prize. In 2023, Jonathan was named among the 36 Forces Shaping the Cultural Conversation by Harper’s Bazaar. He is the recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for Fiction, a NEA Fellowship, and the ASME Award for Fiction. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Observer, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on July11TH.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781982132347
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Published: 37 Ink - July 9th, 2024

 

Join us on Tuesday, July 23rd, at 7pm when bestselling author AMY STEWART comes to the store to present her new book The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession. Amy will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. Her book includes fifty gorgeously illustrated vignettes of remarkable people whose lives have been transformed by their obsessive passion for trees, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist. (Amy's photo by Terrance McNally).

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of The Tree Collectors.

The Japanese practice of forest bathing, shinrin-yoku, changes the levels of stress and pleasure hormones in the body, decreasing cortisol and increasing serotonin. And if being around one tree feels good, imagine how a hundred trees would feel. In her first botanical nonfiction in more than a decade, Amy Stewart brings us captivating stories of people who spend their lives collecting trees and asks them: what drives one to collect something as enormous, majestic, and deeply-rooted as a tree?

In her gentle, intimate, slyly humorous way, Stewart brings fifty of these people to life, organizing their stories into categories. There are the community builders--like Shyam Sunder Paliwal who, after the death of his daughter, began a movement in his Rajasthan village to plant 111 trees whenever a girl was born--who do the remarkable work of knitting people together under an arboreal canopy. There are seekers who have taken their passion for trees around the world, or even into space. There are visionaries--the former poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, who planted a tree a day for over three decades, until he had turned a barren estate into a palm sanctuary. And there are healers--like Joe Hamilton, who plants trees on land passed down to him by his formerly enslaved great-grandfather--who have found a way to heal their own lives, the lives of others, or even wounds of the past, by planting trees.

Vivid watercolor portraits of these extraordinary people, populate this lively compendium along with with sidetrips to investigate more about trees, including: famous tree collections, necessary terms, and even "tips for unauthorized forestry." This book will be a gift for the hundreds of thousands of readers who have come to Amy's previous nature books and a delightful, informative, and often poignant treat for a whole new audience.

AMY STEWART is the New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world. She’s also written seven novels in her beloved Kopp Sisters series, based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on July 23rd.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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The Tree Collectors: Tales of Arboreal Obsession By Amy Stewart Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593446850
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - July 16th, 2024